Happy Spring, Jackson Hole Book Lovers! I’m always amazed this time of year—the snow melts, the trees bud, the birds return, Bear 399 and her cubs reappear, and we are all reborn as well. More than ever, I appreciate your ongoing support over this difficult year. Without you, the Jackson Hole Book Trader and the Wilson Book Gallery wouldn’t be able to continue our mission of bringing inspiring books to our community. All of us in our bookseller family thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Every now and then, the books I’m reading reflect so much of the life I’m living that I find it uncanny. As I approach a milestone birthday next month (50!), I’ve been struck by how profoundly my reading habits have changed as I’ve aged. I hardly have patience for much fiction anymore, preferring, I suppose, to work out the problems of our times in between the covers of a book. Thus I am drawn to non-fiction such as Elizabeth Kolbert’s new climate book, “Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future” and Michael Lewis’ just-out, “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story”. Yet, out of nowhere this week Rachel Cusk’s new novel, “Second Place”, grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. Not only is the narrator a 50-year old mother (like me!), she has a philosophical voice that speaks to me in ways that I haven’t experienced very often in these 50 years. I hope that you, too, find a book this month that will transform you and connect you to yourself—fiction OR non-fiction!
-Susie Temple, store owner, 5/10/2021